Colts’ Josh McNary accused of rape, put on commissioner’s exempt list

Josh McNary
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary carries the American flag before a game against the New England Patriots on Nov. 16.
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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary, facing rape charges, was placed by the NFL on the league’s exempt/commissioner permission list Thursday, banning him from practicing with the team or attending games.

“That designation will permit the investigation provided by the League’s Personal Conduct Policy to run its course and will afford Josh the opportunity to focus on his defense against the charges,” the club said in a written statement.

“The Colts sincerely hope this extraordinarily serious matter will be resolved expeditiously and that justice will prevail.”

McNary, 26, a reserve linebacker, was charged with rape in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman in the early morning hours of Dec. 1. According to the complaint, obtained by Sports Illustrated, McNary faces one count each of rape, criminal confinement and battery.


The alleged victim told Indianapolis police that a man took her to an apartment after she had been out drinking with friends following work, according to documents filed with the court. 

The man tried to kiss the woman and when she rebuffed his advances, the two fought before he sexually assaulted her, according to the documents. After the incident, the victim told police, she left the residence with the man’s cellphone, which was later used to identify McNary.

The Colts, who play at New England on Sunday in the AFC championship game, promoted receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to fill McNary’s spot on the active roster.